Posted: Sep 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM [Sep 29, 2012]
Adolescent substance abuse is often a primary or contributing factor to many problems faced by adolescents. Substance abuse creates problems personally, at home, at school and in the community that may masquerade as anything but an alcohol/other drug problem. Most substance-involved teens have loving, caring families who would like to help, but many don’t understand what’s wrong or know what they can do. Teens who are harmfully involved with alcohol/other drugs need help, and the helpers need the right knowledge and tools.
"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a free, ongoing, two part program that will be presented on Tuesday October 2, 2012 (part one) and Tuesday October 9, 2012 (part two) from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Part 1 provides information on the development of a substance abuse problem and describes how to recognize when a young person may be involved with alcohol or other drugs. Part 2 provides information on how to help when a teen substance abuse problem is suspected or recognized. The series repeats on the first (part one) and second (part two) Tuesdays of October, November, and January through June each year (exception: one week later in January 2013 due to New Year’s.)
The October programs will be presented by Vince Swain, CADC; Recovery Support Specialist, Dawn Farm Daybreak Adolescent Program. The series is co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, St. Joe’s Greenbrook Recovery Center, and the Livingston and Washtenaw Coordinated School Health Program Regional Team. The programs are presented in Classroom EC4 (second floor) at the St. Joe's Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. The program is free and open to all - it is targeted primarily to parents/guardians/caretakers of teens, but teens, other family members, people who work with teens and families, parents of substance-involved adults, and anyone interested for any reason are all welcome to come! Registration is not required.